As President and CEO of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, Jen has worn about every hat at the organization, from Development Coordinator to Program Manager – though she wouldn’t change a thing because her experiences have allowed her to appreciate all the blood, sweat, and tears her team puts in to achieve their annual goals.
Jen’s passion for event planning and philanthropy started while her husband, Joe, played for the New England Patriots. During that time, she created innovative ways to connect the families of Patriots players, and also helped organize programs for player’s wives and girlfriends to stimulate philanthropic donations and volunteer programs within the local community.
Get to Know Jen
What drives you each day at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
In 2008, the unthinkable happened to my family: my husband Joe was diagnosed with cancer. Seeing the effects of what cancer does to an individual and their family has driven my passion to impact the lives of patients throughout New England.
What is your favorite thing about working for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?
Being surrounded by passionate individuals (board of directors, staff, committee members, volunteers, supporters, cancer patients) who are willing to do just about anything to support cancer patients in financial distress.
What’s a “fun fact” about yourself that others may be surprised to learn?
When I was introduced to Joe in 1998, I did not know one single thing about football (other than what a touchdown and field goal was). It was actually a turn-off that he was an NFL football player, but it all worked out in the end.